Cardigan Says “Obrigado!” to a Special Guest
For the past several weeks, students in our eighth grade Global Community Initiative (GCI) class have been studying the largest country in South America and the fifth largest nation in the world: Brazil. They have researched and studied the geography, language, culture, and people, and have been sharing what they learned during informative mini-lessons presented to the entire school community during lunch.
This week, a special guest joined us on campus to give first-hand knowledge of the country that is home to the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest. Rafael Alves de Lima, a resident of Osasco, Brazil, and student at nearby Dartmouth College, visited our school and spoke to our boys in the Humann Theatre. He spoke of the country’s official language, Portuguese, and even taught us some common phrases, such as “Oi, tudo bem?” which is a formal way to say “Hi, how are you?” and “Obrigado” which means “thank you.” He showed us the poverty-stricken area where he grew up and went to school, and explained the socio-economic inequalities common in Brazilian society. The most popular sports are football (or soccer), volleyball, and capoeira, a kind of acrobatic martial arts. Rafael even brought four willing boys to the stage and taught them a few movements of capoeira.
Following Rafael’s talk, our community was served a very special meal courtesy of our Dining Services team. The menu included popular dishes from Brazil, including Feijoada, which is seasoned pork with beans and rice, braised kale, and Brazilian rice pudding for dessert. Table discussions during the meal were facilitated by an adult or senior table leader, and the boys shared similarities and differences from their own home country, as well as things that surprised them from Rafael’s presentation.
Learn more about GCI and our past speakers.